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Old 08-28-2007, 01:32 PM
 
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Can anyone give their personal opinion on Astoria/Warrenton area. I would like to know of jobs, rental prices, culture or if you know of any web sites please feel free to offer them up. I haven't scanned thru all the post here to see if this information has already been passed on if so, please let me know where to go to find it.
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:25 PM
 
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I live in Warrenton and teach at the elementary school in Warrenton. We've lived here for 6 years and enjoy being near the coast and Portland at the same time.

The Astoria schools have yearly budget problems and do wacky things, but the Warrenton schools are pretty stable. There's only a k-8 school (about 525 students), and a high school here in Warrenton. I taught in Cannon Beach for 5 years, but moved to Warrenton Elementary last year and really enjoy it. The teachers are great, as well as the principal.

The Astoria area is really going through some amazing changes, and mostly in the last 10 years. It's even been featured on the front of the New York Times Travel section. There's a huge art boom, lots of great restaurants and shops, the 2nd largest outdoor market in the state, and anywhere from 10-20 cruise ships stop here every year. Astoria has been discoverd, but it's also made housing very unaffordable, which is our biggest problem. Right now there are some new appartments being built in Warrenton, but I'm not sure what they rent for. We're currently renting a 3-bedroom home for $950 a month.

As far as the culture, there's quite the mix. This is a fairly liberal area (the county has voted Democrat in the last few presidential elections), but there's still an element of conservatism. There's a healthy balance of people fishing and hunting, along with people reading and drinking coffee in book stores, if that makes any sense.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:07 AM
 
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Thank you elainebenes for your reply. I have only been thru Astoria but found the whole area to be beautiful. We now live in the south where 950 gets you a one bedroom and a small one at that. So renting something for 950 with 3 bedrooms would be a HUGE upgrade. We both work in the hospitality business now, we have other experience too. We worked for Depot Bay Fish Co. in Newport for a period of time, and we so miss the smell the Oregon coast has, I am sure you know what I mean. We are also looking at Coos Bay/North Bend. Its a hard thing to deceide on. thanks
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